Help! This isn't for me it is for my 16 year old son who is a new driver. He's a great driver, very attentive to all the rules, regs, etc. alsmost a granny driver. However my one fear for him materialized the other evening as we were driving down the freeway. There wasn't alot of traffic to watch, a long road in front of him and he just started "thinking about something" and before you new it we were seriously on our way to the barrow ditch with a last minute recovery because I looked up and saw where we were headed!
This was never a problem I seemed to have driving, granted sometimes I look in my rearview mirror and see a semi I have passed with out recolection but I have never driven off the road!
Any ideas on how to keep your attention pinned to the road? WE live out west in rural Washington an there are lots of long roads with wide open spaces ...
may be you should play some annoying boring song in a medium vol in ur musicset by this you might find the driving more interesting an the song. The mild annoying from the song will keep your mind from think about something else and u wouldn't wander off too much.
Just kidding not sure if it would work but this is how i got this idea........
I remember the only time I was in hyper focus while driving. I had just learned to drive and I was driving for the first time with my WHOLE family(mom,dad,my two brothers and their wives). Every one of them was at my back one telling me to honk, while the other to check my back view mirror or change the gear or something. Even my mom who has never driven a car in her life had something to say. After some confused moments and lot of mistakes trying to listen to everyone, finally my hyper focus kicked in, ignoring all their comments, I just stuck to my own way of driving. that helped I drove better after that . After some more time I found myself calm and enjoyed the commotion that my driving was creating in the family.
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I occasionally have this problem. When there's a lot going on in traffic, I'm very attentive. It's the LACK of stimulation that creates a problem. The only reliable way I know of to overcome it is to be medicated while I'm driving on long trips. A nice strong energy drink can do in a pinch, but I generally try to make sure that I'm on good ol' amphetamines before I do those long drives in Eastern Oregon.
My ADHD (inattentive type) 16yr old daughter has her driver permit. She is afraid to drive especially on the paved road. She has driven on our dirt road a couple of times and seems to have a "heavy" foot to me. She was prescribed Strattera 80mg daily. She stopped her medication by choice several months ago. She strongly believes she does not need the medication and can function without it. Is her fear of driving a typical reaction for a child with ADHD or should she her medication prescribed be re-evaluated? Perhaps a different med might help.
I try playing music that I like to sing along to so I'm able to just sing away while driving and it helps me "keep out of space" while I'm driving. I find also chewing gum or having some fruit chews, hard candy or breath mints help as well with concentration. Anything caffeinated does help as well, depending on how much of the hyperactivity your son has. I have quite a lot of energy, so I don't touch energy drinks or coffee, but I might go for a hot chocolate or cola if I will be or have been driving a lot.
You know Shelley it is interesting he hasn't been beating down the door for it like you would expect a young teen to be. I think he has some reservations about it. But as he gets experience driving he is becoming more and more confident, this little incident did kind of through him however. Give her time, opportuity and lots of encouragement. My son has a friend who is a girl who is diagnosed and just finally gave up and decided to wait till she turns 18. It is going to be very individual with all of them I think.
All I can say is "Boredom = Wandering thoughts", that seems to be my boy with everything and me too but I always find something to do. He has to be interested in something to do it to be focused.
How about making a game like estimating the distance to the destination before getting in the car and while driving counting down the miles to the destination. If you guess under, then guess again, and so on till you arrive.
I just thought of that so idk :P I may try it on a long trip, sometimes I get in go mode on regular trips to the store, school, etc. but I am a granny driver, and a very defensive driver so hyper focused because there is lots of traffic everywhere here.
You guys are giving me some good feedback, I am going to try some of these ideas. As I told Shelley it kind of threw him off his game a bit and he hasn't been all that willing to drive lately. Gotta get his head back in the game! lol